Five Pac-12 things to know about the 2019 NBA Draft

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Pac-12 Men's Basketball has long developed and produced NBA-level talent, but even more so in recent seasons. The 2019 NBA Draft is shaping up to continue a recent upward trend in Pac-12 programs putting student-athletes into the professional ranks.

Current media mock drafts project between 7-to-10 Draft selections overall from the Pac-12, including 4-to-5 first round selections highlighted by potential lottery picks Bol Bol of OREGON and Kevin Porter Jr. of USC.

Hosts Mike Yam and Don MacLean will analyze the results of the 2019 NBA Draft and examine the road ahead for the newest crop of rookies from the Conference on Inside Pac-12 Basketball: NBA Draft Special on Thursday, June 20, at 9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.

Below are five things to know ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft on ESPN, Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m. PT.

1 - The possibility of 10 overall Draft selections would mark just the fourth time - and second time in the past three years - the Conference produced double-digit selections since the Draft's current two-round format began in 1989.

Pac-12's Most Selections in Single NBA Draft (since 1989)
14 - 2017
12 - 2008
11 - 2001
9 - 2014, 2009
8 - 1998 (excludes UTAH's Michael Doleac at #12)

2 - The projected 4-to-5 first round selections would continue a strong top-30 presence for the Pac-12 in recent seasons. It would mark the fifth time in the past six seasons the Conference produced at least four first-round picks.

Pac-12's Most NBA Draft First Round Selections (since 1989)
7 - 2008
6 - 2009, 2014, 2017
5 - 1995
4 - 1989, 1992, 2007, 2015, 2016

3 - With the potential for 7-10 selections in 2019 and coupled with 21 in the past two years, the Pac-12 could set a new Conference standard for Draft selections over a three-year span.

Pac-12's Most NBA Draft Selections in Three-Year Span (since 1989)
27 - 2007-09
26 - 2016-18, 2015-17
24 - 2006-08
23 - 2008-10, 2013-15
21 - 2000-02 (excludes 2 UTAH/COLO picks)

4 - Since expanding to 12 teams in 2011-12, the Pac-12 is second only to the 15-team ACC in terms of total Draft picks and a close third in first round selections behind the ACC and 14-team SEC.

NBA Draft Picks (overall-1st round) by Conference (since 2012)

League Total Picks 1st Round
ACC 70 42
Pac-12 52 29
SEC 50 32
Big Ten 39 23
Big 12 38 16
Big East 30 17

5 - The Pac-12 has two programs - UCLA and Arizona - in the top 5 of total NBA Draft picks since the two-round format began in 1989.

Seven other league programs - Stanford (16), Washington (16), California (16), USC (14), Oregon (14), Colorado (10) and Utah (10) - have double-digit selections in the modern Draft era. Arizona State (9) could join the group as Luguentz Dort and Zylan Cheatham are projected selections, which would mark only the second multi-pick Draft for the Sun Devils in the two-round format (2009 - Harden, Pendergraph).

Below are the NCAA's top 5 and all Pac-12 program Draft totals since 1989.

School 1st Round 2nd Round Total
1. Kentucky 37 14 51
2. Duke 36 14 50
3. UCLA 21 21 42
4. Arizona 21 20 41
5. Kansas 24 15 39
California 6 10 16
Stanford 11 5 16
Washington 10 6 16
Oregon 6 8 14
USC 7 7 14
Colorado 6 4 10
Utah 7 3 10
Arizona State 3 6 9
Oregon State 5 0 5
Washington State 1 3 4
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